Hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

I’ve been balancing mine out with fun activities, getting some things done, and a bit of relaxation ( = the perfect weekend combo).

The weekend will be ending on a high note tonight when we get to see John Oliver (former correspondent on The Daily Show with John Stewart, and current host of Last Week Tonight on HBO) performing in downtown Madison. I super lucked out with our tickets: somehow I ended up being on a random email list for the Madison comedy club that gave advance access to tickets for the show… and we ended up in the 5th row! Close enough to feel his spit, as Aaron pointed out. ;)

Below are some other food, things, and miscellaneous items I’ve been loving lately. And feel free to share anything you think should be added to the list in the comments, I love hearing what others are loving too. Enjoy!

 

Penguins: Well my penguin love itself isn’t anything new, but this GIF may be my new favorite penguin thing ever. They are so adorably festive!! If anyone is looking for gift ideas, I’ll happily accept a penguin. :)

penguins

 

Dumplings: One of my favorite lunch choices, especially during the cold months, is to stop in at Paul’s Pel’meni for a generous serving of warm dumplings. The mix with the works is the way to go: a mix of potato and beef dumplings, topped with cilantro, curry powder, butter, hot sauce, and a side of sour cream for dipping. So deliciously simple.

dumplings

 

 

Quick Oats: Oatmeal is another of my favorite cold-weather foods–there’s nothing better than a bowl of hot oats on a cold morning. I recently discovered this quick recipe for egg white oatmeal, which was an instant favorite. Sweetened with banana instead of sugar, and while the addition of egg whites might sound strange, they add an awesome fluffiness to the oatmeal that you just can’t reproduce any other way. I served mine topped with cinnamon, maple syrup, and bacon. :)

oats

 

 

Homemade Quiche: I made this tasty quiche–crust and all–for dinner earlier in the week. We filled it with kale, onion, and a few slices of chopped up bacon (if you’re sensing a theme of bacon loving in our household, you’re correct!), plus some melty sharp cheddar on top. Super tasty, and surprisingly not too difficult; the recipe I followed is here.

quiche

 

 

Sherlock: I already mentioned my new-found discovery of the BBC show Sherlock recently on the blog, but the show has quickly become a favorite. I’m trying to savor it a bit more than I normally do with favorite shows (I’m definitely of the type to sit down for a lazy afternoon on the couch and blaze through as many episodes as possible!) because each season only has 3 episodes–though they are an hour and a half each. I just finished the first season (they’re all on Netflix) while snuggled up in bed yesterday. Perfect dreary Saturday afternoon activity.

sherlock

 

Vivaldi’s Gloria: I sing in a community choir, and we had the first of our two performances for the semester yesterday afternoon at a local nursing home. We’re singing a number of seasonal pieces, but the star of the show will be our performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria. This is a beautiful rendition by a University of North Texas choir (I hope we sound this good!). Highly recommend giving it a listen.

 

Cozy Sweaters: My sweater collection had been a little lacking this fall/winter, so in the past couple weeks I ordered a handful of new sweaters from Express, Forever 21, and Nordstrom Rack. This cozy marled sweater ended up being my favorite of the lot. For F21 it’s surprisingly good quality, and it’s thick enough to keep even me warm (which is a feat, I assure you). I’m loving the marled look on clothing these days too.

sweater

 

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Hope you’ve had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends!

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This was my plate of deliciousness on Turkey Day. I managed to grab all the good things: turkey (obvs), mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green beans, sweet potatoes (and marshmallows), cornbread corn (a family staple–it’s a baked casserole of cornbread mix, creamed corn, and sour cream), and cinnamon bread (another family favorite, made by my mom).

We had such a fun day with my family! Aaron and I drove down to Iowa to my parents’ house on Wednesday night after work, and Thursday morning we all drove to my aunt’s home for our family get-together. There were about 25 of us, which included cousins and grandparents that I hadn’t seen in at least two years. We had a great time chatting, playing games, sipping on wine, and (of course) eating all the food.

Last Monday night I whipped up a batch of apple cider caramels to bring with us. They were a big hit last year (they’re just all around goodness), so I obviously had to make them again. Here they are mid-wrapping:

caramels

It’s very possible a number of them went missing before they made it into their individual wrappers…. oops. :) The recipe I used makes about 64 individual caramels, and I used a 9×9 inch pan to let the caramel cool and set (so that’s the shape you’re seeing above). After they’re cool, I cut them up into small sections, and wrapped them up in ~2 inch pieces of parchment paper. The whole process is a little tedious and time consuming, but so worth it!!

I also volunteered to bring an appetizer for post-lunch feast munchies (our family typically eats the big Thanksgiving meal for lunch, and then we’ll reheat leftovers when we’re eventually hungry enough for dinner). I picked up a bunch of cheeses (I’m a Wisconsin girl now, so it seemed only right), salami and prosciutto, crackers, and a couple spreads (fig jam for the win!), and arranged it all on a large wooden cutting board, along with the caramels and a batch of candied pecans I made last weekend. It made for the perfect afternoon snack! My favorite cheeses are the 5-year cheddar in the top left and the black pepper Toscano cheese from Trader Joe’s in the middle. I also randomly found another TJ’s Toscano that is dusted with cinnamon instead of the pepper. It was an interesting sweet and salty combo!

cheese

We headed back to my parents’ place around 9. While everyone else crashed from their food comas as soon as we got back, my sister and I stayed up for a while longer, and she introduced me to the BBC show Sherlock. Anyone else a fan? I’m really liking it so far! I love a good puzzle, so movies and tv shows that revolve around solving a mystery have always been a favorite.

Friday morning I had an appointment with my mechanic (aka my dad :) ), who put on my snow tires (it’s only November, whyyyy…) and changed my oil. I’m a lucky girl to have my car work done for free. Thanks, Pops!

Aaron and I headed back to Madison early Friday afternoon. I hate how early the sun sets these days, but we did get to see this beautiful sunset behind as us we headed east (the photo doesn’t do it justice at all).

sunset

We’ve both been wanting to see the new Horrible Bosses film (the first one is one of my favorite movies), so instead of heading directly home, we stopped for dinner and then headed to the theater.

horriblebosses

While it definitely can’t beat the original, the sequel was pretty darn funny. Kevin Spacey just makes the movie for me. I wish he’d had a bit more of a prominent role in it!

And oh, I am so excited for this movie! Love me some minions. :)

minions

The best part of a four day holiday weekend is that after we got home, it was still only Friday night. Gotta love a long weekend!

This morning I went to the gym for a BodyAttack class and then watched another episode of Sherlock (I’m so sad each season only has three episodes, I’m practically a third of the way through the show already). The rest of the day included a late lunch and a few errands–nothing too crazy, I can’t even handle the crowds of people out shopping right now. I returned a pair of boots that didn’t fit, continued to pursue a pair of winter boots that do fit (still no luck yet), and helped Aaron pick out his Christmas gift for me (knives? what knives?). Now I’m cuddled up with a cup of cocoa (spiked with a bit of brandy) writing this! The rest of the night is going to be very low-key: planning to heat up some more turkey leftovers and watch Eat, Pray, Love (somehow I’d never managed to see it before, but I just heard the author of the book on a podcast yesterday and am now intrigued).

hotcocoa

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and stay warm!

What was your favorite Thanksgiving dish this year?

I’m currently cuddled up with a book at my parents’ house, and in a few hours we’ll be heading to my aunt’s for family festivities. It’s been several years since I’ve seen some of my relatives, so I’m excited to spend time with everyone today (and eat all the turkey).

I hope you all have a wonderful day full of family, friends, and delicious food. Happy Thanksgiving! 

Hope you had a fabulous weekend! Mine was both wonderfully relaxing and productive. Saturday morning we decided to plow through a small list of errands (and I am so thankful that we just got them over with), which included a trip to a few clothing stores and the supermarket. It really is the best feeling to get the biggest/most stressful part of your weekend done with right off the bat!

I was (and still kind of am) desperately in need of new winter clothes, especially sweaters, and boots. I managed to find a couple sweaters I was happy with, but the winter boot search continues to be a bust. I’ve tried out a few that I’ve ordered online (both North Face), but neither pair fit that great–one was too big, one too small (I don’t even get how that’s possible, they’re the same size and brand!), and the couple places I looked around Madison didn’t have much of a selection. Anyone have any snow boot recommendations?

Sunday morning I treated us to bacon pancakes, based on this SUPER awesome pancake recipe. Love, love, love it. And bacon. I made a few pancakes with a whole bacon slice in them (below), a couple with crumbled bacon, and the rest plain. Served with real maple syrup, a banana (to lighten things up a bit), and a chai latte on the side. Now that’s a beautiful breakfast!

pancakes

I spent a good chunk of the morning and afternoon in the kitchen, and around noon I started making a batch of chili referencing this recipe from Kath Eats Real Food (KERF was actually one of the first food/healthy living blogs I ever followed, and is still one of my favorites). Key ingredients included kidney and great northern beans, stew meat, corn, peppers, and lots of tomatoes.

chili

We gobbled up large helpings as a late lunch while watching the Packer game (Go Pack Go!). I topped the bowl above with cheddar romano soup crackers that I found at HyVee on Saturday. Normally I’d add some cheese to my chili, but I liked these as a crunchy, flavorful option instead. This made a huge pot, so I’m looking forward to having many leftovers for lunches this week.

I spent the rest of the day reading (Cooking for Geeks and No Place to Hide are two books I’m working on right now),

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and planning my contribution to our family’s Thanksgiving celebration. I’m going to make these apple cider caramels (which I also made for Thanksgiving and Christmas gifts last year and were a huge hit), and I’ll be preparing a cheese platter with some of our favorite Wisconsin cheeses. More on that to come!

What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions and foods?

Happy Friday, friends! How’s your week been? Too long, too short, or just right? Mine has felt like it just flew by, every day was jammed with something or other to keep me busy!

My Monday and Tuesday nights tend to be the most set in stone: Mondays I have rehearsal for a local choir I’m a member of, and Tuesday nights are reserved for watching the Bachelor or Bachelorette (whichever happens to be in season ;) ). Usually another friend hosts, but this week everyone came over to our place for homemade pizza and (lots of) wine.

Is anyone else a huge Bachelor fan? It’s definitely a bit of a guilty pleasure for me (catfights between twenty plus women, all fighting to take one guy home, no big deal), but it’s become a bit of a ritual for our friend group and is the perfect reason for us all to get together on a weeknight to enjoy a glass of wine (or four. You think I’m joking…)

Sadly there isn’t a season running constantly throughout the year, and we’re currently in a Bachelor break right now. To fill the void, we’ve started catching up on old seasons while we wait for a new one to start. Tuesday we just wrapped up the final episode of season 1 of the Australian Bachelor(!!). The American version of the show is usually entertaining enough, but with the addition of Australian accents (“Tee-im” is apparently the appropriate Australian pronunciation of Tim), a new continent, and new rules to add to our Bachelor drinking game, this show is where it’s at. See below for the main attraction:

bachelor

Anyway, we don’t take ourselves (or the show) too seriously, but we nonetheless have a great time hanging out on Bachelor nights.

So while Mondays and Tuesdays are pretty predictable, the rest of the week is always up in the air (and this time of year usually involves cuddling up on the couch with a book or tv show). This week we went to the annual dinner for Downtown Madison, Inc, which is an organization in Madison that promotes the growth and sustaining of the downtown area. I don’t go to a lot of events like this (someone happened to have a few extra spots at their table), but it was cool to have the opportunity to be there and hear more about the organization and those involved in it (especially since I both live and work downtown). The keynote speaker was R.T. Rybak, a former mayor of Minneapolis. It was entertaining to hear him poke fun a bit at the Wisconsin-Minnesota rivalry, but also share some of his own thoughts on how Madison can further grow and prosper. Even though I’ve only lived here about 2 and a half years, I love this city, and am so glad that there is such a strong sense of direction for how we can continue to add to the already vibrant area that Madison represents.

Thursday morning I woke up with a case of the butterflies… because you guys, I finally got the chance to teach a fitness class at my gym! I’ve been a member at this gym for about two years now, and the motivational atmosphere and energy has always kept me coming back. I find it so incredibly helpful to have others around me during workouts to drive and push myself, plus I love the variety of fitness classes available, and I decided that the next step I wanted to take was to give some of that positive energy back by teaching myself. That’s why I became certified as a Piloxing instructor, and why I also reached out to the coordinator at my gym to get involved with teaching other classes too.

The class I taught today was a 45 min treadmill class, and I had about 8 people join me in the studio. I definitely have some points to improve on teaching-wise, but overall it went well! The hardest part for me was talking/yelling loudly enough for everyone to hear me over the music. The studio is set up in a long, narrow area, with the treadmills lining all sides of it, so some people end up far enough away that it’s difficult to hear. I’m hopeful that as my confidence in teaching grows, that part will get easier too. The class seemed to get a good workout (we did several sets of hill intervals, plus a few sprints at the end), so I’m calling it a success! I teach another treadmill class today, and soon I’ll also be teaching a treadmill/bootcamp combo every other week or so.

Started off the morning with this green smoothie (milk, chia seeds, oats, frozen tropical fruit mix, and a handful of spinach) to power up for class and soothe my nerves:

smoothie

(You’ll notice the smoothie is hanging out in puzzleland because some of the better lighting in our apartment happens to be on this currently occupied table.)

It was such a relief (but exciting too!) to have gotten through that first teaching experience, so after finishing up at work at my day job, Aaron and I headed to Cooper’s Tavern for dinner. Cooper’s is located right on the Capitol square (their upstairs bar area has one of the best views of the Capitol around) and is one of our favorite restaurants in that area (although it is pretty hard to narrow down, Madison has so many good restaurants downtown).

I got a Monk’s Sour to drink (sour beers are one of my all time favorite types of beer!). For an appetizer, we split an order of Belgian frites, which came with a vinegar aioli on the side. For my entree I ordered a chicken sandwich (topped with bacon, cheddar, and avocado) with a greens salad. Yum yum yummy!

coopers

The rest of the night was spent peacefully at home, and now I’m looking forward to even more downtime this weekend! Planning to do some more preparation for teaching classes, and I also need to settle on an appetizer to bring to my family’s Thanksgiving celebration next week, which my aunt is hosting (we have 25 people coming this year, holy cow!).

Hope you have a wonderful start to your weekend!

What’s your favorite class to take at your home gym? Instructors, what’s your favorite class to teach?

We got our first real dusting of snow this weekend (meaning it actually stuck to the ground instead of melting), so it looks like winter is here to stay.

snow

The cold is not my favorite thing at all (and even that’s an exaggeration). Luckily I did just make one of the best investments of my life by purchasing this super cozy warm down jacket. So at least being wrapped up in that is something to look forward to when going outside. :)

Since going outside this weekend wasn’t a very appealing option, I spent most of it cuddled up indoors. Sunday morning I did venture out for a (heated!) yoga flow class, which felt great to stretch out sore muscles from a BodyPump class I took earlier in the week.

I’ve decided that one of the best parts about working out during the winter is that it’s one of the only ways I can get myself feeling really warm. My body has a tendency to run cold, so even when I’m bundled up I’ll often feel chilled. So for me that reason right there is motivation enough to get up and moving!

Here’s a quick rundown of some of my favorite eats from the past week or so, starting with breakfasts.

I love me some avocados, so a couple mornings last week I had half of an avocado on whole wheat toast, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt. And you can just see a fried egg and a slice of bacon peeking out from the corner!

avocado

Another morning was half of a pear (mm, so happy that they’re in season right now), half of a bagel with cream cheese, and scrambled eggs.

breakfast

Saturday morning we hit up Bradbury’s for brunch, which has the best crepes in town. I usually order a savory crepe (they also have an assortment of sweet ones, including nutella!), so this was bacon + apple + onion + brussel sprouts with a fried egg on top. Yes, it was as delicious as it sounds! With a mug of apple cider on the side.

crepe

I tend to pack a lunch or go out to eat about half and half of the time during the week, and one non-packed lunch day we popped into Graze. They have a host of delicious sandwiches and things, made from locally sourced ingredients. This is my all time favorite sandwich there: provolone, apples, spinach, and pesto mayo on a baguette. And ohhh my gosh those fries. Super crispy and amazing. Died and gone to fry heaven!

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Earlier in the week I made this chicken and quinoa bake from Iowa Girl Eats that was sooo amazing. Super creamy and cheesy, and served with a side of roasted sweet potatoes. This meal also sourced quite a few lunches the rest of the week, and I honestly think I loved it even more reheated!

quinoa

Friday night for dinner we whipped up another pizza, this one topped with oh so much cheese (mozzarella and burrata! Have I mentioned my love of burrata enough yet?), basil, and cherry tomatoes, all over an olive oil and garlic base. Really, really loved the garlic addition with the olive oil, so I’m definitely going to be using that combo again soon.

burrata

The chef at work, with pizza baked to golden perfection!

pizza

And wine for fuel. You’ll notice on the label that this Chianti actually came from Florence! Ever since we got home from our trip, I’ve been loving trying different Chiantis. This wasn’t my favorite so far, but hard to turn down a $10 1.5 liter bottle (thanks Trader Joe’s!).

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Hope your week is off to a good start. And wherever you are, stay warm!

Hiya! Hope you had a wonderful Halloween weekend. Here’s a quick recap of mine:

The weather has been doing some crazy things this week, with the temperature jumping around between the 70s down into the 20s at night, and (sadly) settling in the 30-40 degree range on Saturday and Sunday. Luckily the sun powered through enough to make being outdoors mildly pleasant, so we weren’t stick inside the whole time.

My parents stopped into town for the day on Saturday, so we bopped around Madison while they were here (hi, Mom and Dad!).

Saturday morning we braved the temps for one of the last outdoor farmer’s markets of the year on the capitol square. I’d never seen it quite so empty before. Usually you get swept up in the mob of people moving from stand to stand around the square, but that day we had free reign to move around as we liked.

We brought home quite a haul: butternut squash, jam, cranbury baked cheese, and these pretty dried flowers. They actually came in a bouquet about 15 times this size, but I separated them out in smaller arrangements.

flowers

We warmed up back inside while brunching at Cento, which is a newish Italian restaurant downtown. We thought it’d be fun to reminisce about our trip to Italy over food, and it did not disappoint. I had a bacon, potato, and onion pizza, which I’m planning to recreate later this week at home.

After lunch we visited the Olbrich Botanical Gardens. First we wandered around the outdoor gardens, where I hung out with some bears:

bears

I’ve been here before during the summer months, when the gardens are blooming with bright flowers and other plants. Looks a little different now, but luckily there are still plenty of pretty fall leaves!

And then we headed inside to the tropical paradise of the conservatory (I’ll definitely be coming back here to warm up once the dead of winter sets in!):

conversatory

Next up was a stop at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art to see the current art exhibits. And we picked up a new puzzle in the gift shop! It’s already taken over our kitchen table. Pretty excited to work on it after the fun of doing them in Italy. #nerdalert

Before my parents headed back home, we stopped for dinner at the Weary Traveler. We used to live within walking distance of the restaurant, so it’s definitely a favorite spot. I ordered an Ale Asylum Hopalicious and a grilled cheese sandwich with greens. They make their own wheat bread in house, which made it even more special!

Aaron and I decided we weren’t really feeling venturing into the cold, so opted to stay in for Halloween celebrations this year. Instead we cuddled up with a movie and a nightcap:

beer

This is a special brew from Dogfish Head in Delaware. It’s potent stuff (18%!), and flies off the shelves of our neighborhood liquor store whenever they get it. The name (120 Minute IPA) comes from the amount of time used for the boil. It would seem like this should lead to an insanely hoppy beer, but it was actually pretty balanced. Just very boozy!

Sunday morning I went to a BodyPump class, caught up on some magazine reading, and planned out a few meals for the week. After an errand run, I spent most of the rest of the day in the kitchen.

I ended up doing a ton of baking/cooking this weekend! My dad’s birthday was last week, so I had this apple crisp ready for him when they got here. (No pictures of it sadly. I was too excited to eat it, and it didn’t last much longer after that!). The crumbles on top ruled, and I loved finding a new use for my cast iron skillet! I think a skillet brownie may be in my future next…

Sunday night I made a butternut carrot ginger soup with the squash I picked up from the farmer’s market. I used a combo recipe of this and this. It ended up a bit spicy, but overall quite tasty. We ate about a quarter of it, put another quarter in the fridge for leftovers and froze the rest.

soup

Aaron requested an apple bread pudding, so we topped the meal off with a pan of an incredible caramel apple bread pudding (cross of these recipes here and here, and this caramel sauce). I like that I’m starting to feel more confident in the kitchen and am able to more freely mix and match and craft recipes as I see fit!

breadpudding

The rest of the night was spent catching up on some TV shows and generally relaxing. Gotta love a weekend full of cozy time on the couch, especially when we gain an hour in the process.

Have a wonderful week!

How did you celebrate Halloween this year?

Madison is truly one of the prettiest places in the world this time of year.

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Snapped this picture during a lunch break on the capitol square earlier this week. Fall has definitely sprung, but we’ve been lucky enough to still have sunny weather that’s made it totally pleasant to spend time outside.

I enjoyed this cup of soup (Loaded Baked Potato, with all the fixin’s) and a wrap (Caesar Salad) from the Good Food cart. So yummy! Food carts have a big following in Madison, and over the lunch hours a wide variety of food carts are stationed around the capitol and near the university. Good Food is one of my favorites of the bunch.

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On Thursday night this week, Aaron and I treated ourselves to dinner at Alchemy, one of our favorite local restaurants.

alchemy

The best appetizer on the menu are these thinly sliced sweet potato fries, served with a jalapeno blackberry jam and spicy mayo. The last few times we’d gone there it wasn’t on the menu, but we lucked out this time! Can’t ever turn them down.

sweet_potato_fries

For my entree I had another of my go-tos: stuffed grilled cheese with a side of cilantro cucumber quinoa salad (this is one I would love to try recreating soon!). The grilled cheese is loaded with cheddar and swiss, plus broccoli, tomato, carrots, and onion, and a cilantro pesto sauce. Absolutely divine.

grilled_cheese

For breakfasts of late I’ve been loving frozen waffles smothered in peanut butter and bananas. These are the Flaxseed variety from HyVee.

waffles

Today I’m headed to my first ever UW-Madison football game. Go Badgers!!

badgers

I’m not usually a big selfie taker, but these are special circumstances. :P

Happy weekend!

Happy hump day! (a Wednesday is truly not complete until you’ve watched that video at least once five times.

How’s your week going so far?

My Tuesday started off with an early morning (at least for me) workout with a personal trainer. I recently had to resign my membership at the gym I go to, with the perk of three free personal training sessions. Not one to turn down a good workout, and eager to learn some new exercises I can add to my own workouts, I was really excited to give it a go.

A little pre-workout fuel: a banana with sunflower butter drizzled on top.

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This was my second session with the trainer. The first week we focused on lower body and abs, and this time we did abs followed by upper body. Man oh man are my arms sore now. Typically when I workout I try to do a mix of everything (cardio, lower and upper body, and abs), but focusing on just your upper body for an hour is hard! Even though I’m already in pretty decent shape, by the third round of shoulder/arm work I was feeling pretty shaky. The exercises we did included walking planks, military push-ups, chest press, hammer curls, low rows, chest flys, and tricep dips, plus a few others that I have no names for. ;-)

Post workout fuel: half a bottle of chocolate(!) coconut water + yogurt with granola.
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Lunch was a small dish of delicious Penne Rosa from Noodles & Company (no photographic evidence because I didn’t have my phone on me. I’ll catch on to this food blogging thing eventually!). I end up walking somewhere nearby for lunch about half the days during the week, and the other half I’ll bring my own lunch. Going out to eat ends up being a good excuse for me to get out of the office for an hour, and there are a lot of places to eat within the Capitol area, so there are plenty of options within walking distance.

An apple for afternoon snack time and then pizza at a meeting I went to over dinner. Not my greatest day veggie-wise, but always room for improvement, right? :-)

 

Getting over the hump of Wednesday always gets me excited for how close the weekend is. What’s your best day of the week?

Happy autumn! It’s so rare that we have ideal fall weather for more than a week or two in the Midwest, but (knock on wood) things are looking promising so far this year! We had beautiful high 70° weather all weekend, so we took advantage of the warmth today and went on a 3.5 mile hike at Governor Dodge State Park, which is about an hour west of Madison.

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If you’re in the Madison area, I highly recommend checking the park out. There are 30+ miles of trails, which include a stop at this awesome waterfall. I pulled this hike out of the book 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Madison (they have them for other cities too), which I inherited from a friend who recently moved. We did a 12 miler a few weeks ago, so this short hike was a cakewalk :-)waterfall

 

I started off my day with this guy: milk, oats, spinach, frozen mango, banana, and chia seeds. Green smoothies have been my favorite way lately to get some veggies in first thing in the morning!

smoothie
After our hike we stopped at a local brew pub, the Grumpy Troll to replenish after our hike. I snagged one of these, a Crabbie’s Ginger Beer, to drink. Ginger beer is my faaavorite and you can’t go wrong with a little alcohol in there too.

gingerbeer

 

We ordered a BBQ chicken pizza to eat (the tomatoes on this thing were so fresh and delicious!). Slices missing already because we couldn’t wait to dig in!pizza

 

And ordered a salad to share on the side.salad

 

The rest of the day is looking to be a lazy one. I’m thinking nap time!?

 

What’s your favorite place to go hiking?